Fully understanding Ouendan’s stories requires a translation guide, but the game is hugely import-friendly. Comic-book panels tell you all about the task at hand, and tutorials rely more on visual instructions of the game’s systems than textual ones. The one likely stumbling block is the difficulty select; the first option launches Easy mode, and Ouendan is a better game the harder it gets, with its greater number of hit markers a better fit for the soundtrack. The difficulty modes are as nontraditional as the game itself. Easy mode is called Light-Heartedly Cheer, Normal is Boldly Cheer, and Hard is Fervently Cheer. Completing the latter unlocks Gracefully Cheer – an odd name for a mode that has smaller markers and severely punishes mistakes, at least until you start it and see that your male squad has been swapped for a trio of pompomwaving cheerleaders.